New title: ‘Storm Watch’

From the No. 1 bestselling author Kristina Ohlsson comes Storm Watch, the first installment in a new crime series set on the Swedish west coast. Mystery and atmosphere combine as the salty sea winds greet a newcomer to the community: August Strindberg.

August arrives in Hovenäset on the very same night that a local teacher, Agnes, disappears. August has just left a lucrative career in finance, and the big city, behind him. All for the sake of realizing his long-held dream: to open an antiques store. Finally he’ll get to do what he’s always loved, and in a place he’s longed to return to.

But the idyllic little community of Hovenäset has been shaken to its core by the disappearance of one of its most loved members. The police, with the empathetic and driven Maria Martinsson at the fore, search for her day and night. But as the days stack up, the hope of finding Agnes alive dwindles. What really happened to her? And why can’t August shake the uncomfortable feeling that he holds the key to solving the mystery?

“[The novel] is brilliantly told in a light, almost feelgood-esque tone, despite the difficult relations and old secrets that it deals with. Storm Watch is of course nominated for the Swedish Crime Novel of the Year award.”
Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

‘The Dillsta Gang and the Art Heist’ nominated for a Book of the Year award in Norway

The Dillsta Gang and the Art Heist, the first installment in Jens Lapidus’s The Dillsta Gang series for young readers, has been selected as one of the books nominated for the Book of the Year award at Sølvberget library and culture center in Stavanger, Norway.

The competition is arranged for the twentieth year in a row and all students in classes 1-7 in Stavanger are invited to participate in the voting. Only titles published during the last year are nominated and the voting period is January 12 to May 12. The winning title will be announced just in time for the Norwegian summer break.

Björn Natthiko Lindeblad and Lars Kepler winners of the Adlibris Awards 2020

Adlibris, the leading book retailer in the Nordic countries, has announced the winners of its Adlibris Awards 2020. A total of 30.000 people participated in the vote this year, crowning nine winners in as many categories. Björn Natthiko Lindeblad and I May Be Wrong triumphed in the non-fiction category, claiming the title of “Non-fiction Book of the Year.” Lars Kepler meanwhile won the coveted title of “Crime Novel of the Year” with their The Mirror Man.

Björn Natthiko Lindeblad No. 1 in Sweden

The most sold non-fiction title of 2020, Björn Natthiko Lindeblad’s I May Be Wrong continues to rule the bestseller lists in Sweden. This week too he is No. 1 in non-fiction.

Monika Fagerholm No. 3 in Norway

Who Killed Bambi?, Monika Fagerholm’s Nordic Council Literature Prize winning novel, debuts at No. 3 on the official Norwegian e-book bestseller list.

Lars Kepler and Horst & Enger No. 1 and No. 2 in the Netherlands

The official Dutch crime and thriller list for week 2 places Lars Kepler’s The Mirror Man at No. 1, a spot it has now occupied for six weeks straight. Just behind comes Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger, who lay claim to the No. 2 placement with Smoke Screen, the second novel in the Blix & Ramm series.

Fredrik Bankler

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The first weekly bestseller lists of 2021 see Björn Natthiko Lindeblad’s I May Be Wrong land the No. 1 spot in audio and the No. 3 one in hardcover.

‘Bäckström’ renewed for season 2

C More and TV4’s hugely successful crime drama series Bäckström, based on Leif GW Persson’s bestselling novels featuring the notorious Superintendent of the same name, has been renewed for a second season.

The second season, largely based on the third installment in the Bäckström series, The Sword of Justice, will be directed by Andreas Öhman and one more director. Screenplays are written by Jonathan Sjöberg and Dennis Magnusson. The series is produced by Yellow Bird for C More and TV4 in co-production with ARD Degeto and Film i Väst. Shooting will begin shortly and is set to Västra Götaland and Stockholm.

“Kjell Bergqvist’s interpretation of Leif GW Persson’s Bäckström was a smash hit on TV4 and C More. Therefore, it’s extra exciting to be able to continue on with a sequel. This time, the case is connected to a macabre, seemingly cursed music box, so the new season has an even bigger air of mystery around it – but Bäckström is still an asshole with a big heart and a lot of humor,” says Niva Westlin Dahl, Executive Producer at TV4/C More.

‘Anxious People’ one of 2020’s most sold titles in Canada

Fredrik Backman’s long-running bestseller Anxious People is the ninth most sold title in Canada of 2020 according to the daily newspaper Toronto Star, which ranks the title under “Original Fiction.”

‘The Red Address Book’ one of 2020’s most sold titles in Germany

Sofia Lundberg’s unforgettable debut, The Red Address Book, is one of the 20 most sold paperback titles of 2020 in Germany. The novel has now featured on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for more than a year.